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Hoover Tower, Palo Alto

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Hoover Tower is a 285ft structure on the campus of Stanford University in Stanford, California. The tower houses the Hoover Institution Library and Archives, an archive collection founded by Herbert Hoover before he became President of the United States. Hoover had amassed a large collection of materials related to early 20th century history; he donated them to Stanford, his alma mater, to found a "library of war, revolution and peace". Hoover Tower also houses the Hoover Institution research center and think tank.Hoover Tower, inspired by the cathedral tower at Salamanca, was finished in 1941, the year of Stanford's 50th anniversary. It was designed by architect Arthur Brown, Jr.The first nine floors of the tower are library stacks and the next three floors are used for offices. Exiled Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn lived on the 11th floor for some time upon invitation by Stanford University before he moved in 1976.Hoover Tower receives approximately 200 visitors per day, and a nominal fee is charged for non-students or non-faculty. The observation deck platform is 250ft above the ground, and provides an expansive view of the Stanford University campus and surrounding area. On clear days it is possible to see all the way to the distant skyline of San Francisco. The tower's observation deck is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., but closed during academic breaks and finals.
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  • Pay a visit and go up to the top, see the view of the East bay. Nice and worth the trip! Beautiful spot in the Stanford U campus. 
  • The Observation Platform in the building gave my partner and I an extraordinary overview of the Stanford campus. 
  • The Hoover tower offers great views of the Stanford campus as well as a good insight in Mr and Mrs Hoover's interests in science and global cooperation. 
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  • Fun visit, decent price, gotta chuckle at people who day to bring a jacket, being from the upper Midwest myself...those folks don't know cold. :-) neat view, cool campus.
  • The bird's view of Stanford from Hoover tower was excellent. Very friendly staffs there. I remember the sound proof room inside the tower at topmost floor and a few big bells.
  • I love this place, you get a really good view of the surrounding area. On a clear day, you can see the Golden Gate Bridge! It's 2-3 bucks for everyone and free for Stanford Affiliates. What's more, Stanford Affiliates can bring up to 5 guests!
  • Nice place. Great views. On clear days cab see sf skyline and oakland downtown tall buildings. Clearly the bridges, shoreline amphitheatre, fremont , and Stanford uni
  • Great view of the Standford campus and it's surroundings (Palo alto, mountain, ...). Tickets are affordable ($3). No stairs, an elevator will take you to the top.